n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Risk of conflict? South Africa's relations with the Central African Republic - : Southern Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2013, Issue 03
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South Africa renewed its 2007 military cooperation agreement with the Central African Republic (CAR) for an additional five years in December 2012. Less than a month later, in January 2013, South Africa deployed 400 troops to assist the CAR Government to retain and assert control in the capital city, Bangui. CAR has long been plagued by regional meddling and devastating conflicts. Fighters challenging the central government at the time, stem primarily from three rebel groups - the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR), the Union of Republican Forces (UFR) and the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP). These groups joined under the name Seleka, which means 'alliance' in the local Sango language. Seleka's primary grievance is that DRC President Francois Bozizé's government has failed to meet its obligations in terms of various agreements that concluded the 2004-2007 CAR Bush War. South Africa's pact with CAR could ultimately force South Africans into taking a greater and riskier role in Central Africa.

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